The Best Mashed Potatoes

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving dinner without mashed potatoes! Although, this recipe is our family’s go-to mashed potato recipe for any evening – not just Thanksgiving. They are creamy and flavorful. Best part is that they reheat perfectly with just a little butter and Parmesan.

The Best Mashed Potatoes


  • 5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
  • ½ medium head garlic, peeled and minced
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 1 ½ cups cream cheese
  • 1 cup chopped fresh chives
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Peel potatoes, rinse them, and cut into even-sized pieces.
  2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes; cook until tender but still firm.
  3. Drain and return to stove in same pot over low heat to dry for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add butter, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper. Use a potato masher to mash until smooth.
  5. Stir in chives and serve.